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    May 17, 2013
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>> thanks for joining us. >> from all of us here, thanks for watching. this is "world news." tonight, hot seat. the irs finally tries to explain itself. hammered. singling out conservative groups. >> you would have been fired on the spot. >> i'm sick to my stomach. >> our jonathan karl tonight on whether their answers add up. record jackpot. the biggest powerball of all time. tonight, the mad dash. and have we found the luckiest store in the country, where big winners are born? to catch a thief. a big jewelry heist in the most glamorous place on earth tonight. is there a master thief prowling the red carpet? and, our "person of the week." >> and action! >> the new king of hollywood's biggest stories, from "star trek" to "star wars." and the tiny thing he bought as a child he says is the secret to his success.
good evening. tonight, finally, the irs tries to explain itself. and it comes after a week of scandal and mounting questions about fairness and singling out conservatives. so, what is their answer to the american public? and what about the blast of outrage they had to face today? abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl tells us. >> reporter: congress had some choice words for the irs. >> this is more than just mismanagement. >> we are all outraged. >> this is very chilling for the american people. >> this is wrong. >> you misled this committee. >> this investigation has just begun. >> reporter: and the man in the hot seat? ousted acting commissioner steven miller, didn't entirely disagree. >> we provided horrible customer service here. i will admit that. we did horrible customer
service. >> reporter: what was that? >> horrible customer service. >> reporter: miller began with an apology. >> on behalf of the internal revenue service -- >> reporter: but he didn't seem all that apologetic. in fact, he insisted the targeting of conservative groups had nothing to do with politics. >> were groups treated differently? that's the question. because of their belief, policy position or their name? >> no. >> reporter: but wait a minute, the words used to decide which groups to target included "tea party" and "patriot" and none of the familiar liberal buzz words. >> there were no progressive or organizing buzz words that were used for targeting, is that correct? >> correct. >> reporter: miller said he didn't know what was going on until march 2012 and insisted he had absolutely no idea who started it all. >> who was responsible? >> i don't have that name, sir. >> who is responsible for targeting these individuals? >> so i don't -- i don't have names for you, mr. brady. >> reporter: without an answer to that, some decided to skip the questions and just berate the irs. >> this is absold utelis is an e
for all america. i yield back. >> all right. >> reporter: among those watching, marian bower, a 68-year-old grandmother who was targeted when she tried to register a group called american patriots against government excess. >> it's not like we have millions of dollars. >> reporter: what is your total budget? >> i think we maybe run through $1,500 a year. >> reporter: they even asked her to describe a book her group was reading. what was your reaction? >> read it yourself. honestly. that was my thought. my husband said to me, he says, you can't tell the irs that. >> reporter: the president has said he didn't find out about any of this until the news first broke last week. but today, we learned that top officials at the treasury department found out almost a year ago. diane? >> jon, tell me more about that grandmother, ms. bower, what's next for her and her application? >> reporter: well, you know, she actually got it approved. it took her two and a half years, going back and forth with the irs, but she finally got her organization approved as a tax
exempt organization. >> persistence, at least. okay, thank you, jon karl. and now, we turn from the fire storm over tax money to the frenzy over a giant jackpot. everybody's talking about it. tonight, $600 million and counting. the biggest powerball prize of all time. and poised to go even higher, if there's no winner on saturday. and all day, we watched coworkers, friends and family line up to get their tickets. abc's david wright is on a line right now out in los angeles. david? >> reporter: good evening, diane. a very long line here in los angeles, at the blue bird market, where the claim to fame is that they've sold six million-dollar tickets in the past. so, check it out. it comes out the door and down the block. all the way and snakes into the parking lot. it's going to be even longer tomorrow. but what you have to understand is that the powerball is new here in california, and part of the reason the jackpot is so big is because of all these new customers. >> this is it. a record-breaking jackpot night.
>> reporter: not that long lines are only to be found in the golden state. across the country, you had to be willing to wait. in new york state, they're selling 600,000 tickets an hour. >> i always think i'm going to win. i never do. >> reporter: the odds of winning the grand prize? about 1 in 175 million, according to the powerball website. >> well, what do they say, a dollar and a dream? >> reporter: but hey, $2 seems like a small price to pay for a ticket to dream. >> i would travel the world. and visit all the places that, you know, i dreamt of going to. >> reporter: on facebook, abc news posted, "what would you do with the money?" the answers are pouring in. the fantasies seem to break down into three groups. there are the dreamers. lavettra would buy all of her female friends five pairs of shoes they want, but can't afford. most lottery winners are dreamers. joe denette won $75 million. he bought a nascar team. >> how much do you have now? >> roughly between $25 million
and $30 million. >> reporter: and there are also do-gooders. connie says she would feed the homeless from state to state. it has happened. and elderly couple from nova scotia, canada, recently gave away all of their $11 million jackpot. they didn't want the headache. >> i would buy a new house. a brand new car. >> reporter: which brings us to our third big category, not dreamers or do-gooders, but debtors, tired of being broke. amanda says she'd buy a house, pay off bills and chill. have you thought about what you're going to do with all that money? >> nope. too much money to think about. >> reporter: but you're putting in your $2, huh? >> yeah, can't win it if you don't play in it. >> reporter: if nobody wins this thing tomorrow night, then the jackpot jumps to $925 million, almost a billion dollars, diane. shall i pick us up some tickets? >> please do. and don't forget your old pals if you win. thanks. and now, we want to tell you about some breaking news tonight.
two commuter training colliding this evening in connecticut. an eastbound train from new haven, heading to grand central in new york city, derailing near fairfield, connecticut, and striking a train going the other way. there are reports of some injuries, none considered life threatening, at this time. and now, to north texas. battered by that outbreak of tornadoes. 16 in all. and tonight, there is word that all the missing have been accounted for. but as we head into this weekend, a new warning. everyone scanning the horizon for still more storms. and abc's steve osunsami as the latest. >> reporter: these new pictures show what these small texas towns are recovering from, and what could still be coming. tornadoes that filled the sky, destroying homes and lives. the falling hail, so fast and furious, this truck that went sliding on a highway didn't stand a chance. this was a subdivision in grandbury, texas, before the storm. and here's what thado left
this was a house on tumbleweed lane before wednesday. and then after. >> see that house right there? it's gone. >> reporter: today, texas governor rick perry came to town and promised to help families. >> the houses will be rebuilt. but there's no replacing those loved ones who were lost. >> reporter: many of those crumbled homes he saw were built for the needy by volunteers. today, habitat for humanity told us they'll rebuild. >> we're not going to turn our backs on them, no, absolutely not. >> reporter: the weather could bring more misery this weekend. these areas could see severe thunderstorms that could bring large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes. it's graduation season, and something for families to keep in mind. we saw what happened last year when storm clouds opened up over an outdoor graduation in new jersey -- and everyone panicked. >> oh, my god, oh, my god! >> reporter: experts remind families to stay away from metal and trees when outside in a storm and be aware of possible debris from high winds. >> if you cannot find shelter, we recommend you make yourself
as small of a target as possible, curl into a ball and hover close to the ground. >> reporter: simple steps that could save your life. the family that lived here was like so many others, they hid in a bathroom to stay alive. look at what's left of their kitchen. it looks like a tornado hit it, but didn't touch some items. it ripped off the roof, sending it into the streets. and this is what's left of their living room. furniture that was moved over, knocked down by the high winds. it will take many of the families here months to rebuild and that entire time, they may have to live in shelters. diane? >> what force hit that house and what randomness of what's left behind. thanks so much, steve osunsami. and now, we move onto a medical headline. what is being hailed as a breakthrough for people hoping for a child. a simple technique that promises to double the success rate of the hugely popular fertility treatment known as ivf. a huge jump in the number of babies born and prayers
answered. abc's linsey davis tells us how it works. >> reporter: risa levine knows the heartbreak of years of unsuccessful in vitro fertilization, nearly $300,000 worth of attempts. >> there's no other thing in my life that i can think of that's a greater disappointment. >> reporter: but according to a new british study, this time lapse video of a developing embryo could be a game changer. right now, the overall ivf success rate in the u.s. is just 32%. but when using these images, researchers say there was a dramatic improvement, nearly doubling the success rate to 61%. >> we can really select and even more, de-select embryos based on how they develop. so, for embryologist, this is a revolution. >> reporter: the embryos are put into these incubators with cameras that take microscopic pictures every 10 to 20 minutes. the video then allows doctors to intensely monitor any abnormalities and ultimately select embryositwest
risk of defects and ght >> here, you can actually see in sequence how the embryo develops. it allows you to look at these embryos and tell you whether these are embryos that are likely to implant or embryos that will not. >> reporter: in standard ivf, the embryos have to be removed from their incubators, which risks potential damage, and then they're checked under a microscope just once a day. so, only a single daily snapshot is taken as opposed to roughly 500. it was a small study, only about 70 couples, so, the findings still need to be replicated. but it's possible that more and more, this is what baby's first home movie is going to look like. linsey davis, abc news, new york. and still ahead, right here on "world news," to catch a thief. who pulled off a big jewelry heist in the middle of the most glamorous place on earth this weekend? the star-studded mystery, coming up. copd makes it hard to breathe...
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shimmering necklaces, sparkling bracelets and glittering earrings. worth millions, jewels from the luxury house of chopard, glittering as much as the stars wearing them. but overnight, as the stars celebrated the premiere of the new heist movie "the bling ring," a real-life jewelry heist was under way. just blocks from the red carpet, at a hole tell in the center of town, thieves made off with more than $1 million worth of jewelry, according to investigators. ripping a safe right out of the wall. >> chopard house has been victim of a robbery last night, in the hotel room, where there was not presence on the premises. >> reporter: the french riviera has long been a lure for thieves. as tall fred alfred hickcock revealed in, "to catch a thief." >> does it make you nervous to be in the same room with thousands of dollars worth of diamonds, unable to touch them? >> no.
>> reporter: for stars these days, it's millions, especially own the red carpet. amy adams wore earrings, a necklace and added an emerald and diamond bracelet to the oscars, for a look worth $1.35 million. jennifer garner was dripping in diamonds this year. a necklace, earrings and bracelet worth $2.5 million. here at cannes, big-time security protected not just the ladies, but the loot. just look at the uniformed security lining the staircase in this video. well, beyond the photo op, there is plenty of security here on the red carpet behind me, guarding the stars and starlets. some that you see, like the police officers here, others that you don't see. tonight, police are reviewing surveillance video, hoping to catch a thief, or thieves, before they slip away. lama hasan, abc news, cannes. and on another note, we want you to know that tonight on "20/20," there will be a different story about big theft, thieves in the office. stunning office thievery, and it's "work wars," tonight on "20/20."
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and finally tonight, our "person of the week" is the king of big hollywood movies right now. a man with infinite imagination. but he says his sense of wonder goes back to something he bought years and years ago, so, what is it? here's abc's david muir. >> action! >> reporter: this weekend, j.j. abrams will boldly go where he's actually gone before. which is why the stakes are even higher. the sequel to his wildly successful reboot of "star trek" now in theaters across the country. but as an artist, his eye first opened to another galaxy when he was just a boy. nicknamed j.j. by his parents, jeffrey jacob abrams was born on long island. >> one of these kids is j.j. >> reporter: and much like the characters in his very personal movie, "super 8." >> lights and camera set up on that end.
>> reporter: j.j. shooting on 8 millimeter, super 8 films, as a boy. the camera, given to him by his grandfather. >> i loved my grandfather. he got my a super 8 camera when i was 10 years old. >> reporter: and it wasn't just that little camera. because along with the movies, there was magic. he speaks of his trip to a magic shop in midtown manhattan as a boy. we went back to find it today and it's still there. j.j. still has the magic box he bought there as a boy, with so much wonder. he revealed it during his ted talk. >> so, one of the things i bought at the magic store was this. tannen's mystery magic box. >> reporter: on the outside, that big question mark. inside, you can hear the contents rattle. but decades later, it is still unopened. the mystery, far greater than what's inside. >> that is awesome. >> reporter: that director/producer, driven by mystery like his audience. >> what's a bigger mystery box than a movie theater? you know, you go to the theater, you are just so excited to see anything. the moment the lights go down is often the best part. >> reporter: even his actors know the story of that mystery box, still unopened. zachary quinto, who plays spock.
he's never unlocked the mystery in that box. >> it's what keeps him going. it's an art, i feel like. it's something he embraces and it's something that he inspires in everybody that he works with. >> reporter: long before he re-imagined "star trek," j.j. abrams behind the tv hits "fell li listty," "alias" and "lost." his screen play for "taking care of business" picked up while he was still in college. >> i think one of the best pieces of advice was from my dad, who, when i was thinking about going to film school, said it's more important that you go off and learn what to make movies about than how to make movies. >> reporter: and believe it or not, after "star trek," bringing back "star wars" is next. >> you have controlled your fear. >> reporter: who takes on "star trek" and "star wars." >> yeah, yeah, j.j. abrams does. i was like, wait a minute, that's the wrong word after "star." and then it dawned on me about, you know, ten seconds later. i was like, of course, of course. >> reporter: driven by one simple notion. follow what you feel. >> that thing that you feel, if you really feel it, other people
do, and that's something that is, to be, you know, mined and to be celebrated. >> and we choose j.j. abrams, who reminds us the questions in life are exciting, too. and we thank you for watching. will be with you all weekend. "nightline" later tonight. and david muir will be right at this chair. i'll see you again monday. a new response to the fatal crash of the america's cup sailing boat. >> a local dive team jumps into action when a experienced long shoreman winds up in the bay.
>> what happened in a san francisco state dorm last night. why it's generated complaints about the actions of police. >> also, the amgen tour of california arrives in the bay area. and how our area will play an important role this year. >> we are not here to predus a show. we're here to say... to race, and to win the america's cup. >> tonight he is raising new safety concerns about the america's cup races on san francisco bay. good evening, everyone. i'm carolyn johnson. >> and i'm dan ashry. he wants to raise thogs 72 foot catamarans but the italian team is insisting on changes to make the races safer but less exciting. we're live to explain what they want here.
when word got out the italian team's boss kaz coming to san francisco there is speck ligs they might pull out and today he says he was misquoted and his team wants to race. the boat has just arrived in san francisco. they hope to have it on the water this week. the head of the team said this is the type of boat everyone agreed to sail. >> we're convinced that we must be true to the glass clas the boat for this america's cup he says he's convinced changes must be made to increase the safety of the sailors we want a diver to